A KEEN runner will take part in the London Marathon to raise funds in memory of his brother-in-law.
Ralph Huthmacher, 40, from Rolleston has caught the running bug since competing in the Great North Run as part of Team Mel C in September.
The race, which is notoriously hard to get a place in, will be Ralph’s first full marathon and will see him raise funds for mental health charity Rethink. He raised a total of £1,200 for the charity last year.
His brother-in-law, Nick, suffered with mental health problems and alcohol issues up until his death in February 2013, aged only 42.
Ralph, who is aiming to finish in under four hours, has already run in the Silverstone half marathon this year as well as a 20-mile race in Ashby on Sunday.
He will also take on the Birmingham half marathon, the Derby Ramathon and the Great North Run, as well as taking part in the Derby 10k a week before the London Marathon.
Ralph, who is a member of the Hatton Darts Running Club, told the Mail: “I have been running up to 50 miles a week in preparation. To balance that with life and family can be quite a struggle.
“After doing Ashby I am a lot more confident. A few weeks ago I hit 18 miles on a route which covered Winshill, Newton Solney, Willington, Egginton, Hilton and Hatton.
“The marathon is in five weeks and will be a big day – all my family will be there cheering me at the finish line.”
Money he raises will help raise awareness of mental health issues.
He added: “Raising awareness is one of the biggest issues with mental health.”
Sponsor Ralph at justgiving.com/RalphForRethink